Teach for America Interview Questions in New York City, NY

Updated May 8, 2015
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Very long process: applied in December, decision not available till March. Three rounds of interview: Phone interview, online interview/quiz, final interview at a local university. Final interview was very straightforward. TFA does good job at laying out the expectations of the final interview. Final interview requires a 5-minute lesson plan where you can teach whatever you want. be creative and engaging. Don't just sit there and speak.

    Interview Questions

    • Why TFA? Why not another teaching organization like Fellows?   Answer Question
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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was initially a group interview where you first concur a strict five minute lesson plan. Then you are presented with a scenario and have to work together as a group to come to a solution. Then you have your private 30 minute interview where you're asked questions that further clarify the information you gave on the application.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any leadership skills?   1 Answer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in December 2014.

    Interview

    An online application, phone screening (which I skipped), and an in-person, group/1-on-1 interview. University recruiters gave ample opportunities to learn about TFA and speak with TFA alum. The final interview can be intimidating, but I think the group setting put everyone at ease. PRACTICE your presentation. They are strict with the time-limit. One minute to set up and five minutes to present. Engage with the other group members, all of whom will play along and be supportive. Make it fun if you can.

    Interview Questions

    • One scenario asked us to choose between closing a school and or laying off teachers. In a fish bowl setting, interviewers watched us figure out this scenario in a group and present to everyone else.   1 Answer
    • How might you respond when things get difficult in the classroom?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    You provide your placement preferences (up to ten cities/regions) and your subject/grade level preferences. Should you get an offer, there is absolutely no room for negotiation with your placement city. Because TFA is like a hiring agency, they do no place you in a school directly. After you're accepted, you place a reformatted resume into their resume bank, from which schools in your city will view various first-year corps members to interview. Your subject/grade level placement will depend on the actual school you end up working for, and they determine staffing based on their own specific needs.

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted a general inquiry to TFA for more information. Spoke to a recruiter and former alumni from my university. Submitted a simple application online. Received a favorable email to set up a phone interview. Set up a phone interview. Spoke on the phone with another TFA Corps member. The process was very simple and the questions asked are all on Glassdoor.

    Interview Questions

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    Manager, Data & Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Very long, indepth interview process. You will be asked many of the same questions regarding organization, strengths, ability to prioritize and overcome challenges. There are multiple phases, first a phone screening by HR, then an interview with your manager most likely, then an interview with your team, and lastly your manager's manager (typically) or dept. head.

    Interview Questions

    • If we were to speak to your last manager what would he/she say is an area for growth for you in terms of communication?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiations since it is a non-profit. You either accept or decline. Good benefits, low compensation.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in April 2014.

    Interview

    One phone interview, and in called into final interview. Process included 5 minute lesson plan, group activity, and personal interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Director of Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in April 2014.

    Interview

    The recruiter reached out via email after receiving an employee referral. After a general phone conversation, the candidate was invited to formally apply for the position online. The next step in the process was a set of performance tasks which were designed to be completed and submitted by email. There was a prompt response back upon receipt of materials promising to be in touch within a week to discuss next steps and schedule a formal interview for those moving forward. No follow up occurred. Several months later, candidates received an email survey asking them to evaluate the interview experience. At that point, a follow up email generated a quick reply that the organization was moving in a different direction with regard to the spec for the role.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviewer requested that applicants complete a lengthy set of exercises to gauge candidate fit for the position.   Answer Question
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    Information Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The interview process is extremely long. It should be simplified by either testing one's knowledge specifically and reduce the process to from 3 sessions to 2. The recruiting staff needs to give consistent relevant feedback to a candidate that is not selected rather than stating, I'm sorry.

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Very friendly and kind. There is an online application an then a phone interview and then a in person interview. You will have to do a sample lesson for 5 minutes, as well.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the biggest challenge you have overcome and how can you bring that experience to improve yourself in the future?   Answer Question
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Submit a statement of interest. Then find out if you have a phone interview or can skip straight to the final interview. Final interview day consists of a sample lesson, a group discussion and then one on one interviews. Then 3 weeks later you find out if you've had an offer or not. It's frustrating because they don't give you a reason why you weren't accepted and the entire process is very impersonal.

    Interview Questions

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